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Taxi drivers slam council’s ‘highly offensive and derogatory’ portrayal

TAXI drivers in Bolton have slammed their portrayal in a council report as ‘highly offensive and derogatory’.

Bolton Council is to undertake harder minimal requirements for the taxi commerce, which fall into line with different Greater Manchester boroughs.

On Monday, the council’s Conservative managed cupboard endorsed a suggestion of 17 requirements, together with a costume code which can be be utilized to all drivers in Bolton.

Enhanced felony background checks for drivers each six months are additionally included in a variety of latest minimal licensing guidelines set to be introduced in by December.

A report back to Bolton Council’s cupboard, by borough licensing officers, .gave the explanations behind the introduction of a costume code, which might ban the carrying of ‘sportswear’, together with soccer shirts.

It acknowledged: “Licensing authorities obtain quite a few complaints yearly close to driver costume requirements and associated private hygiene.

“In the worst examples, passengers have reported that drivers carrying shorts have had their personal components on show.

“It is merely about drivers considering and reflecting on what they wear as a licensed driver and not about uniform.”

Speaking on behalf of  Bolton licensed drivers in a response to the report, Mo Akram slammed the reference to ‘private parts being on display’.

He stated: “The report accommodates the above extract, which is very offensive and derogatory of the predominantly Asian led commerce in Bolton.

“It is a sweeping generalisation of the complete demographic throughout the commerce.

“The overwhelming majority of the licensed drivers in Bolton are onerous working people and have been tarred with the identical brush, alluding to those people as being sexual predators.

“Drivers perceive the necessity to costume appropriately with out the necessity for any formal costume code.

“Drivers and corporations train judgement always and are very cautious as to not touch upon the hygiene or the costume of the travelling public.

“The report doesn’t state when or how any such alleged incident surrounding ‘private parts’ occurred and what motion was taken, extra importantly the findings of any investigation.

“This is the first time, such a gross incident has been made public to support the council’s recommendation to generate support from the public.”

Mr Akram additionally criticised the ‘no sportswear’ rule within the costume code coverage.

He stated: “The council throughout the dress-code lists sportswear, objects similar to soccer and rugby shirts that are banned, with no cause offered.

“Some drivers could want to put on a sporting jersey on match days and have expressed their dissatisfaction in not with the ability to specific their help on match days or on nationwide sporting occasions.

“This space wants re-reviewing.

“The council is fully aware that it cannot enforce a uniform however feels the need to dictate what is and what is not suitable.”

The costume code states: “All clothes worn by these working as personal rent or hackney carriage drivers should be in good situation and the motive force should preserve good requirements of private hygiene.

“As a minimal commonplace while working, males ought to put on trousers and a shirt, t-shirt or polo shirt which has a full physique and brief or lengthy sleeves.

“Knee size shorts are acceptable.

“Females ought to put on trousers, or a knee size skirt or costume, and a shirt, shirt, t-shirt or polo shirt which have a full physique and a brief or lengthy sleeve.

“Knee size shorts are additionally acceptable.

“Footwear while working as a licensed driver shall be secure around the toe and heel.”

Bolton at present has a situation connected to a licence to drive personal rent automobiles requires to’ be clear and respectable in costume and individual’ however hackney carriage drivers aren’t topic to that situation.

The council stated it’s proposed to treatment this by adopting a system of twin badges with one licence issued that covers each personal rent and hackney carriage.

Examples of unacceptable requirements of costume within the code embody ‘clothing that is not kept in a clean condition, free from holes, rips, or other damage’ and ‘words or graphics on clothing that is of an offensive or suggestive nature’.

It forbids the carrying of sportswear similar to soccer and rugby kits together with workforce shirts or beachwear however says tracksuits are acceptable and provides that the carrying of any hood or every other sort of clothes that will obscure the motive force’s imaginative and prescient or their identification will not be acceptable.

Under the brand new requirements workers similar to name handlers can be DBS checked to make sure that solely protected and appropriate individuals have entry to operator information.

The adjustments come as all 10 Greater Manchester councils look to undertake related guidelines for the two,000 hackney automobiles, 11,500 personal rent automobiles and upwards of 18,600 drivers who’re at present licensed throughout these authorities.

Bolton Council didn’t reply to requests for remark about Mr Akram’s views.

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